Paul Penders is a small manufacturer of natural herbal cosmetics looking for help in combating the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Here is what Paul says:
“We have made our products for some 40 years, starting in Europe, later moving to the United States and currently located in Langkawi Island, a rainforest in Malaysia. Our products are made in a GMP licensed factory and we sell them to exclusive distributors in some 15 countries including Japan, Korea, Australia, Asia and partly in Europe. The products are inspected by Nicnas in Australia and we have official import licenses from Japan and Korea and we work through the European system.
We have a very serious problem with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the EWG Skin Deep database, because a few of our products are classified at Skin Deep as hazardous; containing ingredients that according to Skin Deep may cause cancer, and what more terrible diseases. We are very upset about this because for over 40 years, Paul Penders have been truly committed to the best possible natural cosmetic products using the most safe ingredients.
The Skin Deep rating system hurts our business because several of our customers in Japan, Europe and the US called our distributor, and questioned our integrity based on the false information that is spread by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Their rating system is not only scientifically unproven, it hurts our company with unproven information that scares our consumers.
Actually several years ago we supported the work of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and we became a proud signer, but at that time they didn’t use that ridiculous rating system, also known as the Skin Deep database.
We have demanded to no longer be a signer. We also have demanded them to take our products off the Skin Deep database because it brings damage to the good reputation and all our hard work we have been doing in the cosmetic industry for decades. However, for two times, they have declined to take off our products. Now we will take legal action against The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics because of loss of our good name and loss of revenues as a result. We now also believe that their motives were not as noble as they have been telling.
We look for other companies interested to start a class action in order to take The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to court and demand to stop their false information and look for financial reprieve for the damage brought to the good name we have, and other honest companies in the cosmetic industry.”